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Tour of Mesopotamian Art

Tour of Mesopotamian Art

Tour of Mesopotamian Art and Artefacts

Mesopotamian Art starts from early hunter-gatherer societies in 8th millennium BC, followed by the Bronze Age cultures of the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian empires. These empires were later replaced in the Iron Age by the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires and then by the Persian Empire.

Mesopotamian art survives in several forms including Cylinder seals which have survived in large numbers, providing detailed scenes despite their small size. Mesopotamia is also one of the cradles of civilisation, which brought significant cultural developments, including the oldest examples of writing.

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Sumerian Proverbs

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“A dog which is played with turns into a puppy.”

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“After becoming a thief, one becomes an outcast.”

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“Eat no fat, and you will not have blood in your excrement.”

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“An unjust heir who does not support a wife, who does not support a child, has no cause for celebration.”

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“A good word is a friend of numerous men.”

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“As long as you live, you should not increase evil by telling lies.”

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“Control the dog, but love the puppy!”

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“A troubled mind makes you sick.”

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“Don’t pick things ahead of time; some bear fruit later.”

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“A slave entrusted with a burial will be negligent.”

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“Good fortune [calls for] organisation and wisdom.”

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“Who possesses much silver may be happy;
who possesses much barley may be glad;
but he who has nothing at all may sleep.”

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Babylonian Proverbs

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“A hostile act you shall not perform, that fear of vengeance shall not consume you.”

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“The life of day before yesterday has departed today.”

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“You shall not do evil, that life eternal you may obtain.”

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“Upon a glad heart, oil is poured out of which no one knows.”

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“Friendship is for the day of trouble, posterity for the future.”

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“If you go and take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field.”

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“Writing is the mother of eloquence and the father of artists.”

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“When you see the gain of the fear of God, exalt God and bless the king.”

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“The strong live by their own wages; the weak by the wages of their children.”

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“Give me!” is what the king says.”
– Sumerian Proverb

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